The new RSU 9 middle and high schools are being constructed on Williams Road, right across the street from the current high school. The $53 million project has been under construction for about a year.
"One of the major differences [is that] there's going to be a middle school on one side of the entrance and a high school on the other side, so 1,200 kids as opposed to 600," Superintendent Mike Hammer said.
Results of a survey sent to residents in the towns that make up the regional school unit won't be tallied until late this week or the beginning of next week.
However, Hammer said that so far, it appears people favor keeping the same name, Nokomis, and the same mascot, Warriors. But he also said the final decision is in the hands of the school unit's board of directors.
"You know, I don't want to offend anybody. And I know that's going to be hard to do because there are people who come down on both sides of this. But hopefully, we'll take a thoughtful process and do the right thing," Hammer said.
The superintendent said one possibility would be to seek suggestions from the community on how to bring the Warrior logo into the 21st century. Currently, a Warrior emblem adorns a sign in front of the existing high school.
while the debate as to whether the use of the Warrior logo is offensive continues, construction crews go about their business of building a new school.
"I've been part of a couple of building projects, in Orrington and also Winter Harbor," he said. "I believe every kid deserves to go into a brand new building. They're amazing. They're clean. They're fresh. They've got updated equipment."